Kwankwaso and Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, who bagged the best governor in development projects, received the awards on Saturday in London.
Wamakko was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Galadima, an official of the Nigeria High Commission in London.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kwankwaso expressed delight for receiving the award, saying that it would further strengthen his commitment to youth development.
“I feel great and I believe this award will strengthen us to work harder for our people, especially the young men and women in the film industry.
“We are establishing a film institute in Tiga to create opportunities for training and professionalism, so that our artists can compete locally and internationally”, he said.
The governor also expressed satisfaction with the level of commitment of the students from Kano State, who are on scholarship in the UK.
“I’m highly impressed by the student’s performance, they are doing well and we will keep on supporting them,’’ he said.
NAN reports that there are lots of students from the state on scholarship in the UK for various degrees and areas of specialty.
Other personalities, who received awards for “Citizen Support’’ include, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Mrs Faridah Wada, a philanthropist.
Organiser of the Award, Mr Sam Anwuzia, said that it was necessary to recognise the awardees for their contribution to film development and other areas of the nation’s economy.
Anwuzia said the Nigerian movie industry “Nollywood” had gone beyond the home movie status in Africa, to cinemas across the world.
He added that “the Film and Academy Awards will continue to project the industry internationally’’.
The event attracted many Nigerian and African artists. (NAN)
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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